One bite of these crackers and you'll see how worthwhile it is to make them yourself -- especially since the baking time is so short.
- Yield: Makes 16
Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
- 1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and hands
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
- Coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 large egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary or thyme (or a combination)
Place water in a medium bowl; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, oil, 2 teaspoons coarse salt, and the sugar. Stir until dough forms.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead with floured hands until smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough stand in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in volume, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces; cover with plastic wrap. Roll out 1 piece to roughly 4 by 10 inches on a lightly floured surface; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash; sprinkle with sea salt and herbs. Repeat with remaining dough, arranging 4 pieces per sheet.
Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until crisp and golden, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool on sheets on a wire rack.